Every morning, we’d tell ourselves we’d swim at Soontreeya Lanta Boutique Resort’s pool. But minutes tick by and hours pass and we’d still be dry as bones, sitting comfortably at their al fresco restaurant, sipping ice cold fruit drinks and whipping away paragraphs after paragraphs of stories of the past days on our laptop.
|SOONTREEYA BOUTIQUE RESORT IN KOH LANTA|
Koh Lanta was our third destination in Thailand for our Beach Hop Asia 2016 tour. After experiencing the rush of Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party and the wild beauty of Ao Nang’s islands, it was finally time to slow and chill down. As the rest of the TeamRH went back to the Philippines, we transferred by van and ferry to the island of Lanta right after our brief stay in Ao Nang. And our home for five days in the island, Soontreeya Boutique Resort.
|SUNDOWN AT THE GARDEN|
Located near the rocky end of Koh Lanta’s famous Long Beach, Soontreeya is a quiet resort set with 16 elevated bungalow-style rooms, each with its own private veranda facing a verdant central garden. On its northern side, lies its pool and open-aired restaurant.
|EACH BUNGALOW HAS ITS OWN PERSONAL VERANDA|
We were booked on their newer rooms. It has a cleaner, more western style compared to the more tropical-looking original ones on the resort. We entered the room via the veranda, which unfortunately gets really hot during the afternoons even with its parasols.
|OUR SPACIOUS ROOM, GOOD ENOUGH FOR THREE|
|FUNKY EN SUITE TOILET AND BATH|
Inside, the room is modernly contemporary; its light wood-plank floors and clean white walls offset by dark wooden furniture and a shockingly red easy chair. It has a flatscreen television (which we used on most nights watching the latest episodes of Game of Thrones and classic travel movies like The Beach with Chang beers on the sides), a closet, air-conditioning, safe and superfast Internet Wi-Fi.
|TYPICAL FREE BREAKFAST AT SOONTREEYA|
Soontreeya’s rooms are surprisingly inexpensive [CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY], yet it surprisingly still comes with complimentary breakfast. Granted, it isn’t a buffet, but their selection of International-style breakfast isn’t too bad either.
|SATAY CHICKEN ~ THB150.00|
|CHICKEN COCONUT SOUP ~ THB130.00|
|BAKED RICE WITH PINEAPPLE ~ THB230.00|
Their regular offerings of European and Thai food are superb though. We were able to try out their crisply fried chicken wings, succulent satay chicken, delectable chicken coconut soup and their baked rice with pineapple. We were especially blown away by the pineapple rice from its presentation up to our first spoonful!
|THE NEARBY RELAX BAY|
|A BEACH SWING THAT DOESN’T QUITE SWING|
The resort is walking distance away from two of Koh Lanta’s many beaches, particularly Long Beach and Relax Bay. The latter, as its name suggests, is quite a relaxed beach with hardly any tourists. We went here one afternoon and simply lay on the many huts fronting its beach, singing along with the waves as C’s phone spewed out lonely tunes from Up Dharma Down.
|BARS ALONG KOH LANTA’S LONG BEACH|
|SOONTREEYA SUPPORTS THAILAND’S TRASH HERO EFFORTS|
But we favor Koh Lanta’s Long Beach more. We usually spend the afternoons here, simply walking along its unending cream-colored sand and eating street food along its pine-laden park, watching the locals and a few tourists by the beach and waiting for the sun to set on the horizon.
~ OUR STAY WAS HOSTED BY OUR FRIENDS FROM SOONTREEYA LANTA. ALL VIEWS & OPINIONS ARE MINE.
Soontreeya Lanta Boutique Resort
Address: 111/2, M2, Long Beach, Saladan, Koh Lanta,
Contact Number: (075) 684-932
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GPS Coordinates Map: 7.596062, 99.033678